Pittsburgh is a place where we all belong.
This city owes its resilience to the spirit and creative energy of the people who have made Pittsburgh their home, built communities here, and contributed to our shared future. In 2017, at a critical time in our nation’s history, The Sprout Fund and its partners sought to positively affirm the notion that we all “belong” through a community art initiative.
Sprout invited people living in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to submit original works of art that express the concept of “belonging.” Nearly 250 submissions were received, including many from local youth. Winners were selected through a combination of juried art processes and online voting that drew more than 14,000 votes.
Visit these links to find more ways to express that we all belong.
Nearly 250 people from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County submitted designs, including professional and amateur artists of all ages.
Seventeen designs received “honorable mention” designation by the jury of art professionals, were selected by a separate jury of local youth, or were among the top 5 most popular adult or youth submissions through the online public voting process. More than 10,000 "community voices" posters were produced and distributed for free throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
You can view a gallery of all submissions on our Community Response page.
Bob Ziller of Wilkinsburg, PA, designed the winning artwork.
This design was selected for its artistic merit from nearly 70 finalist submissions by a jury of art professionals. More than 1,000 yard signs and more than 10,000 posters of this work were produced and distributed for free throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Learn more about Bob Ziller's design and the "community voices" winners on our Winning Designs page.
Community & Event Partners
Belonging was a collaboration between The Sprout Fund, the Office of Mayor William Peduto, and a team of local organizations committed to serving and advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including:
AIU Latino Family Center
Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
Casa San Jose
City of Asylum
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Northern Area Multi-Service Center Refugee Resettlement
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
South Hills Interfaith Movement
United Somali Bantu
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Support for Belonging
Support for Belonging was generously provided in part by The Sprout Fund, The Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and these community members that stand with immigrants and refugees:
Alphabet City Development
Cathy Lewis Long & Rob Long
Oxford Development Company
Luke & Natalia Skurman
Morton Brown, Belonging project manager
Tricia Monticello Kievlan, Sprout staff lead